Las Palmas and Eibar meet at Estadio de Gran Canaria, in a match for the 18th round of the Primera División. The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 4 matches won 2, drew 1 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a game in this stadium, in 05 -11-2016, for the First Division, Las Palmas won by (1-0). Jonathan Viera (90 ‘) scored the only goal of the match. The condition home / away deserves particular attention, because despite this being a match between 20 th and 7 th of the league table, it is really a match between the 20 th best team in home matches and the 15 th best in away matches.
The home team is currently in the 20 th position of the league, with 11 points won, after 3 wins, 2 draws and 12 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied at home against Espanyol with (2-2). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Getafe, by (2-0). This is a stronger team in his stadium, where he has won 7 points, against only 4 in his away matches. The team comes to this match after a draw at home with Valencia by (1-1). For the championship, Las Palmas won 7 points out of 24 possible points, after 2 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses in the last 8 home matches. In their away league matches there are a few frequent results at half-time: 0-2 (3 out of 8 matches) and 0-0 (3 out of 8 matches). The team allowed goals to the opponent in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it has not been very strong defensively. In 17 games in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 12 games in which he suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 11 home matches for all competitions: he scored 6 of his 11 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The Las Palmas knows that he no longer has time to lose within the Spanish league and needs to start to conquer some positive results to try to get out of the terrible situation in which he is, since he has accumulated only one victory in the last thirteen games. In his last game, he had more volume of offensive play and finished more than the opponent, but left to desire in defensive terms and ended up defeated away from home by Getafe. As was evident on this last day, the inconsistency of the defensive system has been the main problem of the team, which has the worst defense of the competition. His attack also leaves to wish, although the club stands out for the quality in the change of passes and possession of the ball. The 4-2-3-1 or the 4-3-3 must be the tactical scheme adopted for this duel by the coach, who should not have great problems to choose the starting eleven.
After 7 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses, the away team is currently in the 7 th position of the league, with 24 points won. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Valencia, by (2-1). In the last match, they won in a home match against Girona, by (4-1). This is a stronger team in his stadium, where he won 17 points, against only 7 in his away matches. For the championship, Eibar won 7 points out of 24 possible, after 2 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses in the last 8 away matches. In their home matches there are a few frequent results: at half-time 0-0 (3 out of 8 matches) and 2-0 (3 out of 8 matches) and at the end of the game 3-0 (3 out of 8 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 6 of the last 8 matches for this competition have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 17 matches in this tournament, they suffered the first goal 8 times and never got the comeback. There are 2 periods in highlight in the last 6 away matches for all competitions: he suffered 3 of his 8 goals between the minutes (16’-30 ‘) and 3 of his 8 between (76′-90’).
Eibar went seven games without winning the Spanish league, but now lives its best moment in the competition, being unbeaten for six days, coming from two wins in a row. The last of them happened at home, against Girona, in a game that ended almost three times the opponent, leaving then a beautiful win, closing the score in the final minutes. Although he has suffered only two goals in the last three games, he is characterized by a not very efficient defensive system, which is among the six worst in the competition. One of the weaknesses of the club has been the lack of quality in the change of passes, which facilitates the work of the opponent. Playing away from home, Eibar won less than 30% of the points played and in that condition has one of the worst defenses. For this match, it is likely that the coach will organize the team in a 4-4-2, without absences from important players.
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